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Planning on upgrading your wardrobe? Get rid of some old gear to help save on something new.

H&M and M&S both have schemes that let you swap old clothes for vouchers. It’s a great way to clear the clutter and save at the same time. Plus it’s far better that items go to charity or are recycled than adding to a landfill.

Make sure you also read Becky’s blog of Six alternative ways to save on fashion.

H&M Conscious

Take any bag of unwanted clothes into an H&M shop and you’ll be given a £5 voucher to spend. Your old items are recycled.

There is a £25 minimum spend with the voucher, though you don’t need to have any H&M products to get the voucher.

You can also donate any kind of textile, whether its curtains or knickers as the fabrics are all recycled.

M&S and Oxfam’s Shwopping Clothes Exchange

Hand over your old gear at an Oxfam and you’ll get a £5 voucher to spend on clothes in Marks and Spencer.

One item must be labelled M&S, and you can only use the voucher in the same calendar month. There’s a minimum £35 spend and it’s only valid on clothing, home or beauty.

I asked in a store this weekend if you can use the voucher with other offers and the checkout woman said she’d seen the vouchers be used with Sparks offers such as 20% off everything. So it’s worth grabbing one of these to use when those deals come around.

You can find your nearest Oxfam here and read the full terms and conditions.

You can also save at M&S by using a discounted gift card from the website Zeek. People sell their unwanted vouchers and codes on this site, and there’s often as much as 10% off the Marks & Spencers e-cards. Though the code is online only, you can use it to buy a physical card from M&S website.

PLUS if you’ve not used Zeek before, the code CLEVERCASH will give you a free £5 to spend! (min spend £45)

>> Shop for discounted vouchers at Zeek

Donate to cancer research via TK Maxx (no voucher)

You can take a bag of unwanted clothes to TK Maxx who will pass it on to Cancer Research to sell or recycle. Cancer Research will keep all the proceeds.

>> Find a TK Maxx store
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